On-site Programming and Tours
The following are free with the purchase of a general admission ticket:
Guided Walking Tours
Occurs at fifteen minutes past the hour | 48 spots per tour
These tours will provide an overview of the more than 30 buildings on our 13-acre campus and a demonstration at the Blacksmith Shop.
Martin Mitchell Mansion Guided Tours
Occurs at fifteen minutes past the hour | 5 spots per tour
Tour this turn of the century home left to Naperville by Caroline Martin Mitchell. Visit this elegant, yet functional, Victorian home restored to its original splendor and discover why Carrie’s gift was so influential to the story of Naperville.
Rita & John Harvard Early Learning Playscape & Splashpad
Women: Waves of Change Exhibit
Exhibit entry begins at 1:00 PM with timed ticket reservations every 15 minutes
Women: Waves of Change shares the many ways women have influenced civic change for over 150 years. The exhibit will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage and share the histories of local women that were foundational in the formation and development of Naperville and beyond.
Virtual Lectures & Programs
History Speaks - Naperville's Environmental Activist & Nature Writer - May Watts
September 20 | 4:00 PM | $5 per person | Free for Naper Settlement Members
Our year of HERstory continues this Sunday at 4PM with the virtual program, “Naperville's Environmental Activist and Nature Writer: May Watts and the Illinois Prairie Path,” a lecture by William C. Barnett, Associate Professor of History at North Central College. May Watts was an environmentalist, naturalist, educator, author, and artist who resided in Naperville. She was a Morton Arboretum staff naturalist who developed programming that included botany, ecology, and geology, and more. Her most notable effort was turning an abandoned railway into what is now the Illinois Prairie Path!
Women's Vote 100
October 13, 20, 27 | 6:00 PM | Free Virtual Lecture Series
The three-part series marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment. The virtual presentations will be on the Tuesdays prior to the November 2020 election, October 13, 20, and 27 at 6:00pm.
- Casting a Historic Vote: Suffrage in Illinois - October 13, 2020
- Alice Paul and the Suffrage Movement's Use of Nonviolent Strategies - October 20, 2020
- Bridging Voting Rights: Amelia Boynton Robinson to John Lewis, and Beyond - October 27, 2020
Suburban Curtain, Expanding the Naperville Dream to All
November 12 | 7:00 PM | Free Virtual Lecture Series
Naperville, not unlike many American small towns that became large suburbs, has seen its share of discrimination in its almost 200-year long history. Focusing on three individual of conscience, Naperville historian Robert “Bobby” Fieseler will tell the story of how this once “lily-white” town became a melting pot of middleclass diversity in the 21st century.
This lecture is a partnership with Naper Settlement and North Central College Cultural Events.